Brussels, 23 August 2023 (TDI): High Representative Josep Borrell is set to preside over the second Ministerial Board meeting of the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen) on August 29.

This significant gathering will convene at the Torrejón Military Base in Madrid.

However, the meeting will be held in conjunction with the informal gatherings of EU Defence and Foreign Ministers scheduled for August 30 and 31 in Toledo.


The SatCen Board meeting serves as a pivotal platform for EU Defence Ministers to delve into discussions encompassing the scope, activities, services, and notable accomplishments of the Satellite Centre over the span of the last three decades.

Integral to these deliberations is the provision of political guidance regarding the role of the Centre in tackling emergent international security challenges that confront the European Union.

High Representative Josep Borrell, alongside the Spanish Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, is poised to address the press following the conclusion of the meeting at the premises of SatCen.

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Members of the media will be afforded the opportunity to cover these press statements, in addition to the public segment of the plenary session held at the conclusion of the ministerial meeting.

What is the SatCen?

The EU Satellite Centre supports the decision making and actions of the European Union in the field of Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), in particular Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

This also includes European Union crisis management missions and operations, by providing products and services resulting from the exploitation of relevant space assets and collateral data, including satellite imagery and aerial imagery, and related services.

SatCen cooperates with national and international institutions in the field of space. It works closely with the European Defence Agency, the European Commission and the European Space Agency, as well as other institutions and international organisations.

Their services include Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT), training, and capability development.